A Minimal 50 Piece Wardrobe

A Minimal 50 Piece Wardrobe

Amidst the never-ending cycle of fast fashion and its constant churn of new clothes, maintaining a curated wardrobe can feel like an impossible task. The quick change between each new micro-trend is so fast it's enough to give anyone whiplash, and the relentless influx of clothing in new styles, colours, and patterns, is overwhelming.

However, there is a timeless approach to fashion that transcends fleeting trends and offers a more personal view on style: the capsule wardrobe.

The concept of a capsule wardrobe is simple yet transformative. Instead of constantly adding new items to your wardrobe, having a carefully curated selection of versatile clothes makes it possible to simplify your style while maximising your outfit options.

For anyone wanting to downsize their wardrobe and start a capsule wardrobe, creating a 50-piece wardrobe is a good place to start. It's how I began my capsule wardrobe over 10 years ago!

While a capsule wardrobe should never be built with an arbitrary number in mind. Creating a 50-piece wardrobe using what you already own provides a great foundation, especially for anyone struggling to quit fast fashion and declutter their clothes.

A 50-Piece Capsule Wardrobe

A Minimal 50 Piece Wardrobe

This 50-piece capsule wardrobe, handpicked from my own wardrobe, shows how having a compact yet carefully curated collection of clothes provides more versatility than having an overstuffed wardrobe. It's proof that less really can be more when it comes to style.

  1. Rain Coat
  2. Longline Coat
  3. Wrap Coat
  4. Blazer
  5. Boxy Coat
  6. Single-Breasted Coat
  7. Double-Breasted Coat
  8. Statement Cardigan
  9. Embroidered Vest
  10. Green Vest
  11. Colour Block Cardigan
  12. Embroidered Cardigan
  13. Statement Vest
  14. Knitted Vest
  15. Crop Cardigan
  16. Turtleneck Jumper
  17. Flower Cardigan
  18. Cream Vest
  19. Linen Shirt
  20. Wrap Top
  21. Ruched Top
  22. Plaid Shirt
  23. Statement Shirt
  24. Graphic Print Shirt
  25. Embroidered Shirt
  26. Classic Blouse
  27. Collared Shirt
  28. High-Waisted Jeans
  29. Linen Trousers
  30. Maxi Skirt
  31. Midi Skirt
  32. Mini Dress
  33. Strappy Midi
  34. Sleeveless Dress
  35. Wrap Dress
  36. Shirt Dress
  37. Maxi Dress
  38. Big Collar Dress
  39. Gingham Dress
  40. Airbrush Dress
  41. Loafers
  42. Shoes
  43. Wedge Heels
  44. Sandals
  45. Statement Sandals
  46. Classic Handbag
  47. Clutch Bag
  48. Statement Handbag
  49. Woven Bag
  50. Jewellery

How many pieces in a minimalist wardrobe?

Depending on whether it's a year-round wardrobe or a seasonal capsule, a minimalist wardrobe will typically have anywhere between 20-100 items of clothing. The total number will vary depending on personal style, daily activities, climate, and location.

But the aim of a minimalist wardrobe should always be focused on creating a practical and functional wardrobe with a selection of versatile, well-made and well-fitting clothes—rather than a specific number of items!

How to Create a 50-Piece Wardrobe

So, what exactly constitutes a 50-piece wardrobe? A minimal 50-piece wardrobe contains 50 items of clothing that can be easily mixed and matched to create a variety of different outfits to suit every season and any occasion.

A well-curated capsule will help streamline your wardrobe, reduce decision fatigue, and ensure that you always look put-together. While the specific items will vary depending on personal taste and lifestyle, there are a few key elements that form the foundation of a successful minimalist wardrobe.

Neutral Colours

A neutral colour palette serves as the foundation of any successful capsule wardrobe. They provide a cohesive based that makes it easy to mix and match. By focusing on neutral shades like black, white, grey, beige, and navy, you will ensure that all the pieces in your wardrobe can be worn together in multiple different ways.

These colours are both timeless and adaptable, making them suitable for different occasions and settings, from formal events to casual outings; and investing in neutral basics, like tops, bottoms, and outerwear, will provide a strong foundation to build a capsule wardrobe on with countless outfit combinations.

Classic Basics

Classic basics are the essential building blocks for any capsule wardrobe that make putting together outfits easy and effortless. These items should be reliable staples that are tailored to your style and taste. You'll need a selection of tops, bottoms, and dresses that cater to different activities and suit a variety of occasions.

The goal is to have a selection of items that are both practical and stylish to provide a solid foundation of your wardrobe, providing the building blocks for your daily outfits. Following a list of "must-have capsule wardrobe basics" never works! This is how to create a capsule wardrobe with personality.

Layering Pieces

Layering pieces are crucial for a successful capsule wardrobe because they improve the versatility and adaptability of your clothing. These pieces not only provide a way to create various looks from the same core basics, they also help you to seamlessly transition your wardrobe from one season to the next.

Including layering pieces such as lightweight jackets, cosy knitwear, and warm coats, ensure that your limited wardrobe remains functional and fashionable, no matter the occasion or season. By layering, you can adapt your outfits to the changing weather conditions without needing a new wardrobe each season.

Statement Items

While the focus of a 50-piece wardrobe is on versatility and wearability, don't be afraid to include a few statement pieces that reflect your personal style. Choose a few standout items you love and that can be mixed with your neutral basics to create unique looks. These are the pieces that inject personality into your outfits, keeping your wardrobe interesting and distinctive.

While statement pieces might not be as versatile as your basics, they play a crucial role in a capsule wardrobe, ensuring your unique personal style is always reflected in your outfit choices. Whether it's a vibrant dress, statement necklace, or bold print, these items make even the simplest of outfits more interesting.

Shoes and Accessories

Shoes and accessories are the finishing touches that complete an outfit and can completely change how it looks and feels. Even the simplest of wardrobe basics can be transformed with the right accessories, turning any outfit into something more chic and put-together—this is especially true about jewellery.

When selecting shoes and accessories for your capsule wardrobe, invest in high-quality footwear that balances style with comfort, and choose accessories that are reflective of your personal style. This way, you can enhance your outfits without overwhelming your wardrobe.

A Minimal 50 Piece Wardrobe

Tips for Creating a 50-Piece Wardrobe

Creating a 50-piece capsule wardrobe is a rewarding process that not only helps you reduce the clutter in your wardrobe and make getting dressed easier. It also promotes simplicity, sustainability, and personal style. Here are some essentials tips for building and maintaining a successful capsule wardrobe.

Edit and Define

Defining your personal style is key to creating a cohesive and functional capsule wardrobe. Take your time finding style inspiration, creating a colour palette, and identifying the outfits you feel most comfortable and confident in. Once you have a clear understanding of your style, edit your capsule wardrobe to reflect it. Remove pieces that don’t align with your aesthetic and focus on building a collection that is cohesive and true to your personal taste.

Quality Over Quantity

When building a 50-piece capsule wardrobe, prioritise quality over quantity. High-quality items are made using better materials with superior construction and greater durability, ensuring they last longer and look better over time. Investing in quality pieces might cost more upfront, but it saves money in the long run by reducing the need for frequent replacements. A more affordable way to shop for high-quality clothes is by thrifting.

Review Regularly

A capsule wardrobe requires regular editing and refreshing to stay functional and relevant. At the beginning of each season, take the time to review each item in your wardrobe. Remove anything that no longer fits, suits your style, or has worn out. This process will help you to maintain a wardrobe filled with pieces you love and wear often, ensuring it remains versatile and up-to-date.

Shop Sustainably

Building a capsule wardrobe is an excellent opportunity to adopt more sustainable shopping habits. When buying new clothes, try to avoid fast fashion brands and instead choose brands that prioritise fair labour practices and environmentally-friendly production methods. Shopping second-hand is another way to help reduce your environmental footprint while filling your wardrobe full of unique pieces. Thrifting offers unique, high-quality items at a lower cost, allowing you to explore different styles without spending a lot of money or creating more waste.

One In, One Out

A helpful rule for maintaining a minimal wardrobe is to adopt the "one in, one out" rule. For every new item you introduce into your wardrobe, you remove something you already own. This can be an effective way to keep your capsule wardrobe streamlined and manageable by preventing it from becoming overcrowded. It's a practice that encourages mindful shopping to maintain a balanced and clutter-free wardrobe.